Benitez: I am too busy to discuss Napoli future

The Spaniard’s contract expires in May but the former Liverpool boss says he is only focusing on the crucial final three months of the season

Napoli coach Rafael Benitez has once again refused to commit himself to the club beyond the end of the season.

The Spaniard signed a two-year deal when he was named Partenopei boss in May 2013, meaning he has just over three months remaining on his current contract with the Serie A side.

With Benitez having led Napoli to Coppa Italia glory last season and his team currently going well both domestically and in the Europa League, club president Aurelio De Laurentiis wants the 54-year-old to extend his stay at the San Paolo.

Benitez, though, says he is only focusing on a busy run of fixtures and has no intention of discussing a new deal at this point in the campaign.

“I have already said that the most important thing and what really counts is to do our best in the next three months we have to face,” the former Liverpool boss told Radio Kiss Kiss .

“I am busy and focused on continuing our campaign. We have many games in many competitions where we have set objectives to fulfill.

“There will be time to talk about my future. At the moment we are focused only on the Sassuolo clash and to give continuity to our positive run.”

Napoli will have to make do without top scorer Gonzalo Higuain at Sassuolo but Benitez is in no doubt he has sufficient strength in depth to cope with the Argentine striker’s unavailability.

“We have different options and I believe that is good for the team,” he added.

“Manolo Gabbiadini is doing a great job and Jose Callejon as well, as he has scored nine goals so far.  

“Duvan Zapata has always given a great help on the pitch. Marek Hamsik and Jonathan de Guzman have proven they can both make assists and score goals as well, while Dries Mertens is a talented palymaker. 

“We can say with no doubt that we have quality up front and we have a squad which provides us with many alternatives. 

“If that were considered a problem, I would call it a ‘good problem’ because having all of those options is always very positive for any coach.”

Napoli, who routed Trabzonspor 4-0 in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday, sit third in Serie A, two points ahead of fourth-placed Lazio ahead of their game in hand at Sassuolo.

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